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Old 01-30-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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help me organize my FE stuff

I am participating in my first FE group . I have lots of stuff and
I am curious how experienced FE people bring and organize their delieveries . I do not want to spend a ton of time doing this after I am on the boat .


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Old 01-30-2013, 03:50 PM   #2
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I packaged gifts in bags and put labels with Name and Room #. My daughter and I took a few hours and delivered them during the day. It was great getting gifts in the morning as some people delivered during the night.
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My dad took the gifts that were on our floor and the floor below. I did the rest. It took maybe an hour.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #4
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I plan to put all of the stateroom stuff in a baggie with stateroom number on it. I'm flying in, so I may actually ship all of it to my hotel ahead of time.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by phyzz View Post
I am participating in my first FE group . I have lots of stuff and
I am curious how experienced FE people bring and organize their delieveries . I do not want to spend a ton of time doing this after I am on the boat .

Like the others, I sort out my stuff prior to packing into separate ziptop baggies. Label with room number. Then onboard, depending on how large the FE is, I'll deliver one deck at a time, or all at once, when it's convient for me.

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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We did a FE exchange on our September 2012 cruise out of NYC to Canada. There were about 30 cabins involved. A wonderful person in our FE group made a map of all the cabins involved. She took each deck plan and marked where the cabins were located and who was in that cabin.

I printed this out and brought it with us. This made delivering our gifts SO much easier. I didn't know when to give out my gifts. I had made name badges for everyone and I wanted eveyone to have them for the whole cruise so I wanted to give them out early in the cruise.

On our first night, my DH and I were coming back to our cabin after midnight and "caught" one of the girls giving out her FE gifts. She said she just wanted to get them delivered so she did not have to worry about them. We went in our cabin and went to bed. Well, I couldn't sleep and her idea just seemed so great to me that I got up, threw on my pool coverup and went and delivered my gifts. It was probably after 1:30 in the morning but I was able to get it done so fast as there was no one around.


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Old 01-30-2013, 04:59 PM   #7
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I would highly recommend printing a deck plan and highlighting the participating cabins on it (as mentioned above).

IMO, the numbering system of the cabins can be confusing at first and mapping out where you are going is very efficient and prevents a lot of backtracking.

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I print out a list of the staterooms in order. I put the gifts in a tote bag in order. On the classic ships I deliver FEs by deck. On the new ships I learned that it was better to sort by forward, midship and aft.

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:13 PM   #10
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Where might I get printable deck plans?

EDIT: found the answer searching on Disboards...which is much better than google for this stuff.

In this thread:

Zandy595 said:

If you click on the pdf icon at the bottom of the page you can select 5 decks to print at a time. You'd have to print 3 pages in order to get all of them, but they'll be bigger and easier to see."


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Old 01-30-2013, 07:35 PM   #11
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I organize everything by deck.....and I even put them in order from aft to forward. or forward/ aft.

I pack everything in big ziploc baggies. and then I have bags to take stuff home in
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:40 PM   #12
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It gets difficult when you have specific gifts for specific staterooms. We learned this one the hard way. We packaged everything up to get onboard, and then once onboard we separated it all into shopping bags by deck.

This year we're trying something a bit different -- there will be a few distinct groupings (adults, teen boys, girls 7-12, boys 7-12, and girls 6 and under, and boys 6 and under). That will give us five shopping bags.

Between DD and I, we will follow our deck plan (with staterooms highlighted) and just dip into the requisite bags as we stealthily make our way around the ship. That way, at least, we're not digging around to find the right labelled gifts in each bag.
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